Our football match prediction:
Friday’s football match at Stade d’Oyem pits together Morocco and Togo. Herve Renard’s troops suffered a 1-0 loss to ten-man Congo DR in their opener, meaning that they need to pick up all three points from the Togo game if they are to keep their hopes of advancing to the Africa Cup of Nations knockout stages alive. Claude Le Roy’s team, on the other hand, did remarkably well to hold reigning champions Ivory Coast to a goalless draw in their first group game and they are definitely capable of grabbing something from Friday’s clash. Togo are likely to rely on their solid defence against Morocco and we predict that fans will see a low-scoring affair at Stade D’Oyem. Experienced attacker Emmanuel Adebayor is likely to lead the line for Claude Le Roy’s men against Morocco. It has to be noted that the two teams meet for the first time ever at Africa Cup of Nations finals.
Highlighted Player (Karim El Ahmadi):
Karim El Ahmadi’s parents are of Moroccan descent, but he was born and raised in Enschede Netherlands. El Ahmadi started his senior career in his hometown club Twente, but in 2008 he moved to Feyenoord. In 2011 he signed a loan deal with Al Ahli, but the midfielder played ten league games for the club. Karim El Ahmadi then moved to Premier League and it has to be noted that he played for Aston Villa from 2012 to 2014. The Morocco international scored three goals in 51 league appearances for the Villa Park outfit. In 2014 he returned to Feyenoord and he has been playing for the Dutch outfit ever since. Speaking of his international career, Karim El Ahmadi made his Morocco debut on 11 February, 2009 in a goalless draw with Czech Republic. He came as a substitute in the second half of the match, replacing fellow midfielder Youssef Safri. His main position is central midfielder, but he plays as a defensive midfielder as well.
Highlighted Team (Togo):
The Togolese national football team are well known for the incident that happened at the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations in Angola. The Togo team bus was attacked by gunmen and it has to be noted that three men were killed during the attack. As a result, les Eperviers decided to withdraw from the tournament, but that decision proved costly for the Togolese national team. The Confederation of African Football banned Togo from taking part in the next two editions of the Africa Cup of Nations and the Togolese Football Association were fined $50,000 as well. Speaking of their participation in the World Cup finals, Togo qualified for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, but they failed to impress in the group stages of the showpiece tournament, suffering a loss in each of their three group games against France, Switzerland and South Korea. Emmanuel Adebayor is the most famous footballer who played for les Eperviers and you should know that the former Arsenal striker scored 31 goals in 66 appearances for the Togolese national team.